Do you have a plan? It’s National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The intent is to encourage communities to discuss emergency plans for their homes, schools, workplace, businesses, and places of worship (FEMA). It’s a great time for employers to review their emergency action plans. An emergency can present itself at any time and in many forms; assure emergency procedures are tested and understood by all employees and family members.

It is our responsibility to be prepared for ourselves and for each other. Nearly 70 percent of countries are unprepared to handle a serious public health emergency (The Lancet Global Health, July 2015). It is crucial to take a few minutes to go over emergency procedures. The procedures may vary depending on where you live, work, or go to school. Having an emergency plan in place will help prepare individuals for potentially disastrous events.

Tips for emergency planning:
• Set aside small amounts of money each month for an emergency fund
• Attend or plan an emergency preparedness meeting with your neighbors
• Understand what local hazards exist in your community and get informed about your community response systems and plans
• Build and maintain a kit of supplies that is ready in case of a disaster
• Make a family emergency communication plan
• There are free online resources that are available on emergency preparedness, on sites including: CDC Global Health, World Health Organization, Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and more.

Succeed Management Solutions, LLC offers an Emergency Action Plan training course that covers emergency action plan development in the workplace. There is also a variety of resources related to emergency preparedness, focusing on: natural disaster response, Floods, Hurricanes, Tornados, Tsunamis, Emergency Preparedness for Businesses, and more, available in both English and Spanish. A safety video is also available on the topic of Emergency Planning, available in English and Spanish.

September is National Preparedness Month!

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September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It’s a great time for employers to reevaluate their Emergency Preparedness and Action Plans. Emergency situations can occur at home or at the job, and can be devastating for communities. Establishing an effective Emergency Action Plan is crucial.

In the workplace, emergency procedures should be tested and practiced by all staff. It is important to perform drills regularly and ensure staff know the correct actions to take, should an emergency occur. Re-evaluating and making necessary changes to the emergency plan is crucial to maintain a safety culture at a workplace.

An emergency can present itself in many forms. Emergencies can result in property damages, injured employees, customers, or other individuals, business interruption and more. Such emergencies can include…

– Fire/Flood
– Earthquake/Tornado/Hurricane
– Explosion
– Hazardous Material Accidents
– Loss of an important customer or provider
– Communications Failure

Below are some initial steps to formulate your own Emergency Action Plan within your organization:

– Formulate a team to develop the Emergency Action Plan.
– Analyze all potential hazards and estimate the probability of the hazard occurring
– Outline response procedures for all potential emergencies
– Conduct training/drills to assure all personnel are aware of their role during each emergency
– Assess and amend the plan as necessary.

Last month was National Immunization Awareness Month, which emphasizes safe practices in healthcare facilities and the prevention of the spread of bloodborne pathogens. Immunization and bloodborne pathogens awareness goes hand-in-hand with emergency preparedness.

Succeed Management Solutions, LLC offers a newly updated Bloodborne Pathogens training course that applies the most recent safe practices, along with three updated safety toolbox talk resources focusing on the topics of Staph and MRSA Infections, Sharps Safety, and West Nile Virus. They also offer an Emergency Action Plan course and associated toolbox talks.